After an amazing two weeks of wrestling that featured CM Punk returning to wrestling for the first time in over 7 years, Brock Lesnar returning, an amazing dream match between Seth Rollins and Edge and WALTER and Ilja Draganov putting on another amazing instant classic for the NXT UK Championship, it was time for Monday Night RAW to bring us back to a disappointing level of wrestling as RAW once again fell to the same problems of poor pacing, repetitive rematches and more.
Luckily there were a few bright points on an otherwise standard disappointing episode of WWE’S flagship show. So as we approach a very average looking Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View I am here yet again (from a schedule that is more unorganized and all over the place than an episode of RAW) to bring you the top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW
5. Things turn ugly between Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair as they turn their match into a shoot fight
In one of the most ugliest moments in recent RAW memory, things would turn ugly between Raw Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax as their match turned into a shoot fight as both women became frustrated with each other. The match between the two women would start normally enough as they went back and forth early in the match, however, things went downhill fast after Jax dropped The Queen in an awkward position this led to an awkward moment between the two women as Charlotte and Nia began trading strikes in the ring with neither women selling for each other in a truly messy exchange of strikes and needs to be seen.
Things would continue to go downhill as Charlotte slowly ran the ropes, as Nia caught her and attempted a Soman Drop however both women couldn’t control each other and refused to work together, leading to Charlotte eventually hitting a Russian Leg Sweep on Nia. Late in the match, Charlotte worked on Nia’s leg as both women continued to not work well together, eventually, Nia was able to block a Figure Eight attempt and hit Flair with a big one-handed powerbomb in the middle of the ring for the 3 count mercifully ending the match with Nia scoring a non-title clean win over the Raw’s Women Champion.
Now, why is this on the top 5 moments list? Well, the match was so bad it was in a weird way, fun to watch. While I do respect the commitment that every wrestler has to their work, sometimes it’s just entertaining to watch these fun awkward moments. Seeing Flair and Nia just attack each other and refusing to sell each other’s offence was fun to watch and deserves a place on this list.
4. Damian Priest issues an open challenge which brings out Drew Mcintyre, Sheamus and more
After beating Sheamus for the United States Championship at SummerSlam, things would continue to look up for The Archer Of Infamy as he opened Monday Night RAW this week. Priest opened RAW with an open challenge for his United States Championship with Sheamus answering the call. Sheamus interrupted Priest but would soon be interrupted himself as Drew Mcintyre also made his entrance, however, chaos would keep occurring as the All-Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley made his entrance flanked yet again by MVP. MVP got on the mic and suggested that Lashley should be the one to face Damian Priest for the United States Championship, stating it was good for business for Lashley to become a double champion.
Interruptions would continue to be the name of the game as Riddle and Randy Orton made their entrance with Riddle eventually purposing a title defence against The Hurt Business. This would force officials, Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville out as they made two matches for RAW official, first was a United States Championship Triple Threat match between Drew Mcintyre, Sheamus and Priest and the other one was the main event of the night, with that match being a tag match for the RAW Tag Team Titles with RK-BRO defending the titles against Bobby Lashley and MVP.
While this segment did fall victim to one of RAW’s biggest problems, with that being a long, multi-person promo to start a show, it still had some decent moments. It was great to see Damian Priest get the spotlight he deserves especially as he is really unique to watch. RK-BRO and MVP were also great on the mic and it was good to see Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville show up to actually remind fans that they have power and authority. Overall, while far from perfect or even great this was a decent way to open the show.
3. AJ Styles and Xavier Woods square off
AJ Styles and Omos would look strong this week on RAW as they both picked up singles victories, with Omos pinning John Morrison who took on Omos after The Miz couldn’t appear on RAW and AJ getting a win over Xavier Woods. Woods would have the early advantage in the match as he managed to catch AJ off guard and was able to block AJ’s counters. However, Styles was able to fight back after catching Woods with a strike. From there Styles began targeting the leg of Woods and was able to keep Woods controlled throughout most of the match.
Woods managed to fight back late in the match with a few stiff strikes, rocking AJ and was able to block a Styles Clash but the result would be inevitable as Styles managed to grab the injured leg of Woods and was able to roll into the Calf Crusher, forcing Woods to tap despite his best efforts to escape. After the match Styles’ celebration would be cut short by the RAW Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro as AJ seemed annoyed at the interruption.(which is fair considering RAW opened with a heap of interruptions) This caused Styles to join the commentary table as he and Omos watched the main event.
This was a fun little match that was great from start to finish. Styles and Woods have shown that they have a lot of chemistry working together and have put on great matches in the past. It should be noted that Omos also had a good showing against John Morrison. With it being most likely inevitable that the pair will break up sometime in the future, hopefully, Omos can use this time to build on as in-ring work as a singles star.
2. RK-Bro defend their new RAW Tag Team Titles against Bobby Lashley and MVP
After their match was made official by Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce, RK-Bro would defend their Raw Tag Team Titles against Lashley and MVP. All four men put on a solid main event as RK-Bro yet again worked well as a team together. Riddle and Bobby Lashley started things off for their teams, renewing their rivalry from earlier in the year as both men went back and forth as Riddle used his striking power and Lashley used his RAW power. (pun intended)
Late in the match, AJ sent Omos out to attack Orton outside the ring but Riddle was able to stop the attack. Riddle was then able to take out Lashley and hit MVP with the Floating Bro for the win. After the match, Lashley came out of nowhere and hit Riddle with a spear, but The Viper would save his teammate and hit an RKO on Lashley saving Riddle in the process.
This was a fun little main event that made RK-Bro look good and helped set up a future rivalry between The Hurt Business and RK-Bro as it does not look things are settled between the two groups.
1. Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Damien Priest steal the show
Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Damien Priest managed to steal the show (which to be fair doesn’t really say much) as they put on an amazing match. All three men exchanged brutal strikes in a thrilling match. Eventually, Priest was able to get the win, pinning Drew McIntyre clean.
Priest pinning Drew was great to see and hopefully, WWE has big plans for him in the future especially as it was teased he would feud with Bobby down the line.
It was also great to see Drew take a backstage seat once again, as his new role outside the title picture is helping him regain fans.
These were my top 5 moments from this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW, what were your top 5 moments from RAW this week and what do you think of the ugly shoot fight between Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax. Let us know in the comment section down below.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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